Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tip Tuesday! Thread Control

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"Tip Tuesday!" - Thread Control

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So the title of this post is a bit misleading. 

I'm really not in control of my thread, just like I'm really not in control of my fabric, my rulers, etc. That's a whole different topic that I just am not ready to delve into at this time.  :-)

So, back to the thread issue. Although I typically use So Fine by Superior Threads for my piecing, I use another type of thread for my hand quilting and binding. One thing that has always been an issue for me is the label that is on many of these thread spools. Unless the manufacturer, color number and thread weight is printed on the spool, I often have no idea of that information because the labels come off so easily.

Here's a picture of a couple of spools of my hand quilting thread. All looks good, right?

Well, before you know it, the label starts to rip and the numbers and words are a little challenging to read.

And then the label starts to peel off.

Before you know it, the label is completely wrong and I can  only guess at what the actual color number is. On some of the spools, this isn't a big deal. I can certainly tell the difference between some of the colors just by looking at them, but others aren't so easy. 

When somebody says they want me to use cream thread for the quilting and or binding, there can be some issues. Which cream thread? If I need to buy additional thread because I don't have enough to complete the job, I invariably buy the wrong color. If I only had the label attached or knew the number!

Here's what I use to help resolve this issue.

Yep!  A sharpie marker. And red is the color I like to use. It is much easier for me to see the red than the black, brown or blue.

As soon as I buy a spool of this thread I mark the color number on the bottom edge of the spool. I don't bother with the manufacturer for this thread because I generally only use one type of thread for hand quilting or binding so it's easy to remember.

Here's a bunch of my hand quilting threads, all clearly marked. 

Well, almost all of them are marked.

The label came off the purple thread before I could mark down the number. I never seem to remember to take this spool with me to the store so I can figure out the number and label this spool. :-)

One other thing I do is keep a list of the colors I have, and how many spools of each color. I keep this in my purse so I don't buy colors that I already own. Well, maybe I don't do that too many times anymore.  :-)

1 comment:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Good tip today. It would be a good suggestion to send to the company - other thread companies put the info on (imbedded)the spools. I tape the info inside my large cones (they are usually on the plastic wrap).